Die Sand Manufacturing, located at 500 Wolverine in Rockford, was broken into during the early morning hours of June 14, 2012. Scrap metals stored in the building were taken by the burglar and later recovered from Enterprise Metal and Iron Company, located in Grand Rapids. Officer Derek Haan and Sergeant Mike Miller began checking with local scrap yards upon learning of the break-in and were able to develop information that Nicholas James Dean, 26, of East Grand Rapids, had traded the metal for cash that same morning. Rockford officers with the assistance of East Grand Rapids DPS officers watched Dean’s house, located on Burchard SE, and, upon his return home, Dean was taken into custody. Dean was interviewed and he admitted to the burglary as well as other similar break-ins near Byron Center. Officers searched Dean’s home and automobile, where other evidence, including burglar tools, was collected by the investigators. Dean is a person of interest in several business break-ins that occurred in the Rockford Industrial Park at the beginning of June. Investigators are awaiting results of forensic analysis of evidence of those burglaries. Dean was charged with breaking and entering, and was lodged at the Kent County Jail on a $25,000 bond. A preliminary hearing will be held in the 63rd District Court next week.
June 21 2012
Local cyclist, shooter a featured athlete Over 5,000 athletes are expected to participate in Michigan’s third Olympic-style State Games, which will take place throughout West Michigan through June 22, including the Rockford Freshman Center, 4100 Kroes Street. A Rockford cyclist and rifle marksman is also one of the featured athletes at the biking and small bore rifle competition portions of the State Games. Jeff DeRegnaucourt, of Rockford Sportsman’s Club, is organizing the archery competition at the center, which will take place June 22-24. Last year’s Meijer State Games archers from the Rockford Sportsman’s Club led the parade of athletes into the opening ceremonies at Fifth Third Ball Park. According to DeRegnaucourt, there are 108 archers ranging in age from 5 to 78 competing this year up from 60 last year.. Twenty-three are members of the National Archery in the Schools (NASP) from across the state of Michigan. The kids shoot the bows they were trained on in school as a physical education class. “We are dedicating the entire afternoon from 4 p.m. on Saturday, for their tournament,” he explained. On Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will be the first day of the Federal International Archery (FITA) competition. Most amazing for audiences to watch are the two long-distance competitions, the longest of which is 90 meters, the length of a football field. The long distances will be shot Saturday and the shorter distances will be shot Sunday 9 a.m to 3 p.m. As the event is a Star FITA competition, should someone shoot a new national or world record, it will be official. Larry Johnson, who is a certified judge from the United States Archery organization, will officiate. All archers in both the FITA and NASP will participate in opening ceremonies, which this year will be held Friday evening at East Kentwood High School stadium, where they will participate in the parade of athletes along with athletes in 30 other sports. “In total we estimate 5,000 athletes from across Michigan,” DeRegnaucourt stated. The American flag will be flown in by skydivers and the National Anthem will be played with the lighting of the Official Caldron, where the games will be officially opened. The mayor pro tem for the City of Rockford will officiate the […]
The RAM needs your votes by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL On the wings of last summer’s improbable win in the nationwide America’s Favorite Farmers Market contest, the Rockford community is being asked by the Rockford Historical Society to rally around their entry in the “Building Our Community Contest”. For 50 years Erhardt Construction has been proud to build some of the most recognizable buildings in our respective communities. They are even more proud to be a part of West Michigan which, as we all know in our hearts, as a great place to live, work and do business. In recognition of their 50th Anniversary, Erhardt Construction and its project partners wish to recognize and support the work of people and organizations that are serving others in Kent and Ottawa counties. Together with their project partners, Erhardt is giving away a construction project and prizes totaling $50,000 to area non-profit organizations through their “Building Our Community” contest. Instead of celebrating their achievements, Erhardt invites everyone to join them in honoring the organizations doing truly great work in the greater Grand Rapids community. Erhardt’s hope is to reach non-profit organizations that have a vision for a project or facility improvement that will help them accomplish their mission. Talk about a timely contest. As we all know, the Rockford Historical Society has been engaged in a yearlong campaign to raise funds to move the Rockford Area Museum (RAM) from its current inadequate facility. To date the fund-raising campaign has been successful enough to prompt the Rockford City Council to enter into a lease agreement with the RAM that would allow them to relocate the museum into the vacant 63rd District Court building adjacent to City Hall. The move would allow the RAM to, in large measure, keep the storied history of the Rockford community alive for future generations. Costs for such a project are substantial and a $45,000 first prize in winning the “Building Our Community” contest would be a Godsend. This is Rockford, we can do this, here’s how: The contest, to be conducted in two rounds, is similar to last year’s America’s Favorite Farmers Market contest. Votes may be cast by registering and following the simple instructions online at www.erhardtcc.com/community/vote.php. You may vote for the Rockford […]
Emilee Goralski of Rochester, Mich. and Andrew Bilski of Rockford are planning a wedding on July 28, 2012 at St. John Fisher Parish in Auburn Hills, Mich. Emilee is the daughter of Larry and Molly Goralski of Rochester. The bride-to-be is a 2010 graduate of Albion College. She is employed by Rochester Community Schools as a math teacher. Andrew is the son of David and Susan Bilski of Rockford. The groom-to-be is a 2010 graduate of Albion College, and is employed by the City of Rockford. Maid of honor will be Mackenzie Goralski, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids will be Amanda Parrish (cousin of the bride), Jenny Hill (friend of the bride) and Eve Beatty (friend of the bride). Best man will be Michael Bilski, brother of the groom. Groomsmen will be Steven Bilski (brother of the groom), Tyler Rahn (friend of the groom) and Neil Zebelian (friend of the groom). The couple will honeymoon in Telluride, Colo., and will reside in Rockford.
What happened to the Social Security statement? Let’s talk about Social Security this week and for the next few weeks as well. I authored a short series of articles on Social Security a few years ago, but enough procedures have changed that I feel it warrants taking another look at the system. One of the changed items involves the personal statement that the Social Security Administration (SSA) prepares annually for each one of us. This annual statement includes a letter from the commissioner, currently Michael J. Astrue; a table spelling out estimated benefits to be received upon applying for benefits; a short discourse on how those benefits are calculated; a schedule of earnings received as recorded by the SSA; and finally a page of information about Social Security. Until last year, the statement was mailed to taxpayers on an annual basis just prior to the taxpayer’s birthday. It was decided, however, that it was cost prohibitive to continue mailing statements. The only viable alternative put forth was to create an online Social Security statement and allow taxpayers to access the statement through SSA’s website. I like it because there is actually some good logic here. Almost everyone in the USA today has a computer, and those who do not, likely have access through a relative, friend or the library. It saves SSA a good deal of money and is accessible to all interested parties. Sounds like a winner to me. On May 1, 2012, the SSA opened the new online Social Security statement to the public. In a news release from Commissioner Astrue dated May 7, he noted that in those first six days, 130,000 taxpayers had created online accounts to access their statement. SSA recommends checking the information on the statement at least once a year. Since it previously was mailed just prior to the taxpayer’s birthday, it might still work to check the statement around that date each year. My birthday is in September, so I haven’t received a statement since 2010. I decided to check out the online process. I think I was number 130,001. I started by going to the SSA’s public website at www.socialsecurity.gov. On the left side I clicked on a tab to get a statement online and to […]